California

Hotels in California

Understandably, hotels in California range in quality, price and ambiance. The state is vast, and California hotels include world-class luxurious suites, ridiculously chic boutique hotels, charming bed & breakfasts, budget motels and campgrounds.

Visitors who are looking to go the luxury route should consider staying in Los Angeles. Some of the best hotels in California are located in the "City of Angels," including iconic establishments such as the Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel Air, and the Chateau Marmont, which boasts a full-service spa, poolside cocktails and has long been the hotel-of-choice for Hollywood’s elite.

Travelers searching for more budget-friendly hotels in California should consider looking outside the state’s urban centers, where prices tend to be higher. Instead, look for bed & breakfasts in any number of the quaint village’s the dot the state’s coast and interior. Camping is also an option, as California boasts some of the United States’ most naturally beautiful state parks, including Yosemite where visitors can either bring their own equipment or reserve a tent.

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Michael Kreiss, this three-bedroom vacation home combines midcentury and contemporary elements, along with panoramic views of the San Jacinto Mountains.

With just four cottages on 550 acres, it’s easy to find solitude at the Other Place, hidden more than a mile down an unpaved road. The décor is deliberately simple, all the better to let the scenery be the star.

A 207-room property on Butterfly Beach with the area’s signature 1920’s-style tiles and gardens. 

Set in an 1872 mansion, the 21-room property brims with authentic Victorian details—ornate woodwork; marble fireplaces; featherbeds—minus the chintz (not a weathered doily in sight). Don’t miss the rooftop deck with 360-degree views of the city.

Craftsman-style hotel on a bluff above the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, 4 miles south of downtown, offering standout views of the rugged coastline from almost every room.

This hotel, just a block from the Pacific, has a rustic California design with stonewalls, numerous gables, and a front terrace planted with palm trees. The grounds also include two large fire pits, as well as a heated pool and adults-only Jacuzzi.

When the Palace Hotel was built on New Montgomery Street in 1875, it was thought to be the largest and costliest luxury hotel in the world. Completely rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake, the nine-story Beaux-Arts landmark is still the “Grand Dame” of San Francisco.

Located in the upper San Bernadino Mountains, this lodge overlooks Lake Arrowhead and is within walking distance of a number of village shops and restaurants.

Venice Beach is one of the most iconic spots on the West coast, and there are few ways to experience it better than by biking or skating.

Spread over 16 acres in Silicon Valley, Rosewood Sand Hill is an upscale ranch-style hotel just 10 minutes west of Stanford University.

This airy inn on Healdsburg’s plaza dates to 1901. Many rooms have canary yellow walls, curtained windows, and contain gas fireplaces and a jetted spa bathtub. Prime rooms face the plaza, but deluxe Kings in back share a welcoming balcony.

A short walk from the hustle and bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf proper, the Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square offers sweeping views of San Francisco and Alcatraz.

With its Mediterranean elegance, sweeping views, and steps-from-the-beach location, this hotel has been a local institution since it opened in 1926, when it attracted Hollywood types as well as World War II soldiers waiting to ship out.

Designed with the concept of Palm Desert in the late 1940’s, this one-level motor-style inn is a bright beacon of orange and lemon yellow.

Urbanites who prefer sleek, self-serve apartments to homey, antiques-filled B&Bs will appreciate the Duchamp, just two blocks off Healdsburg’s main plaza.